Short Range UAVs

While UAVs have taken over the air of the battlefield, UGVs have found their own niches.  When safety precludes sending in a manned presence, the first call is for a robotic explorer.  Recent events have seen UGVs sent in as bomb disarmament robots, oil pipeline explorers, and as disaster response in the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.  As UGVs are sent into tighter and tighter areas, the need for a small, lightweight, reliable video return link becomes even greater than before.

The MTxx24VHD family of transmitters from BMS weighs in at just 8 oz. The light weight doesn’t come at the cost of features.  The MTxx24VHD features 200mW linear output, H.264 encoding capability, and HD capability all fit within the 4.8″ x 2.5″ in. frame.

The SPRITE-PRO Two-Way Diversity COFDM Receiver is available in a standalone, set-top version for fixed downlink viewing or integration into UGV Control Panels, which allows integrated display on the control panel’s display.

The SPRITE-PRO offers HDMI, HD/SD-SDI, and NTSC/PAL video outputs as well as a streaming Ethernet output.  A selectable DC bias on the two SMA inputs allows for the use of amplified antennas.  Given the confined nature of the environments that UGVs work in, transmission range is reduced in comparison to UAVs.  Given suitable antennas, no interference, and a good line-of-sight, up to one mile transmission radius can be achieved by a BMS UGV solution.